Archive for February, 2009


Author: Frank LaBanca, Ed.D.

Please post an abstract of your work-to-date for inclusion in our Symposium program.  200-300, typed, proofed words.


Author: Frank LaBanca, Ed.D.
Post a biography here for our symposium program book. Please note: I will NOT correct spelling errors – be sure to edit your work. Samples below:


Alex Albritton is a junior at Newtown High School. His passions in life are science reading and swimming. Alex’s favorite subject in science is biology and he is especially interested in viruses. He is currently working of a project involving bacteriophages. His love of reading is what actually led him to his interest in biology and viruses. He became interested in viruses when he read an extremely interesting book called the Hot Zone by Richard Preston. This book painted a very real and terrifying image about some of the most dangerous viruses in the world. Alex also enjoys swimming and is on the Newton High Schools boy’s swim team.

Maricate Conlon is a junior at Newtown High School. She joined the applied science research course to further her interests in environmental and biological sciences. She competitively swims year-round and is a part of the girls’ varsity swim team. She is also involved in clubs at school; she is a member of the Guidance Honors Association and is her student class council secretary. In the future, she plans to pursue a degree in biological or environmental areas of study.

Drew Taylor is a junior at Newtown High School. He plays on the varsity soccer and golf team. He works at Rock Ridge Country Club as well as Southington Mountain as a snowboard instructor. He took Applied Science research to further his interests in ecology and the Long Island Sound. Drew is also Vice President of student council and a member of SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions. He is presently looking to apply to the Air Force Academy, where he wants to become a pilot.
Ivan Virovets is a sophomore at NHS. He joined Applied Research class due to his interest in physical and biological sciences, which started many years ago, at least the physical part, when he discovered plans for a tesla coil on the Internet and built one. From then on he loved high voltage, and then with the high school science program, also developed an interest in microbiology.

Dr. Blake Videoconference

Author: Frank LaBanca, Ed.D.

Dr. Blake is a computer science professor at Quinnipiac University.  His bio is as follows:

I grew up in Maine and went to Princeton as an undergrad where I earned a BSE (Bachelor of Science in Engineering) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I earned a Masters and Ph.D. In Computer Science from Northwestern University where my research concentration was Computation Linguistics (a sub-field of Artificial Intelligence). I was a member of the faculty at Tennessee Technological University for a few years, and then decided to switch my research focus. I was a post-doc at the University of California, San Francisco in a Computational Biology lab, funded by among others the Sloan Foundation and the DOE. I came to Quinnipiac  in 2000 to start/chair the CSC program.

In 100-200 proofed succinct words, indicate what you’ve learned from his presentation and what was interesting about it.  Be sure to incorporate comments from previous posts and respectfully agree or disagree with your peers.